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Sugar and Periodontics: Minding your Diet

admin 1 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Periodontics, as a practice, contends with many of the broader trends that impact upon our dental health. And one of the most notable is our sugar intake. An additive to many foods, high amounts of this product have been causing ill effects among teeth and gums throughout Australia, and this trend is continuing to grow and impact us.

Sugar, when ingested, reacts with your saliva to create plaque, which is acidic. This substance attacks the hard enamel of your teeth, and over time, can cause breaches and cavities to form. Typically, these issues are kept in check with proper teeth brushing and flossing, along with professional cleaning. However, the increased usage of sugar among food manufacturers has meant our teeth are being asked to withstand an almost unending assault.

The increased use of sugar has placed it as an additive in to some otherwise innocent food groups. Foods such as breads and granola bars aren’t generally thought of as being high in sugar, but the mildly addictive qualities of this substance have - purportedly - encouraged its addition.

As such, we need to ensure that we remain vigilant about the sugar intake of ourselves, and particularly, our children. At National Periodontics, we have taken note of an upswing in the number of cavities presenting at our clinic, in children as young as two. Among adults, an increase in gum disease often accompanies a high-sugar diet. All of this says nothing of the other issues associated with consuming so much sugar, such as increased rates of diabetes and obesity. So keep an eye on those labels.

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Sub-Gumline Cleaning and your Periodontist

admin 1 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dentists will often refer their patients to a periodontist when they have detected high amounts of plaque below the gumline. Plaque serves as a warning sign, as it contains bacteria that can break down the enamel on your teeth, and cause cavities and rotting. This is where periodontics proves its worth, in these unseen regions under the gumline.

Over time, nearly every set of teeth will develop tartar and plaque. It is one of the reasons that we encourage our children to develop the habit of brushing their teeth twice daily. But in certain cases, plaque can concentrate out of reach of a toothbrush, resting up against your teeth, protected under the gumline.

This is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow. As it expands, it will often create a miniature pocket, near the root of the tooth. This plaque is very difficult to expel without the correct tools, and it can often begin to impact not only the tooth, but also the gum tissue that is surrounding it.

Bloody or inflamed gums are often the first indication that there is something amiss. If a cleaning by your dentist doesn’t solve the problem, it is time to dig deeper.

This ailment has bred processes such as root scaling, and innovations like the LANAP laser procedure, to clean these tight spaces more effectively. As a speciality, periodontics places emphasis on its ability to extricate bacteria pockets and inflamed tissue from deep in the gums of a patient, using particular training and tools, to help a patient to overcome this common, yet tricky, ailment.

Periodontics might not be as well-known as modern dentistry, but it plays an enormous role in the proper maintenance of our teeth and gums. For more information, contact National Periodontics, or one of our locations, today.

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The Dangers of Smoking | Bleeding Gums Treatments from your Periodontist

admin 1 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When many people consider the oral health impacts of smoking, they typically think of yellow, stained teeth, and smoker's breath. However, the health impacts of this habit impact quite severely on one's mouth, and in particular, the health of their gums.

Studies have found that smokers are three to six times more likely to develop gum disease over the course of their lives. Partly, this is due to the increased amount of calculus and plaque found on the teeth of smokers, the building blocks of damaging tartar.

If not cleaned properly and consistently, plaque becomes tartar, which can damage a tooth's tough exterior, leading to cavities. This is especially true when, over time, tartar builds up under your gumline, leading to a 'pocket' of tartar impacting upon the tooth, out of the reach of your toothbrush.

Therefore, it is very important that smokers do not skimp on either their oral health habits, or their visits to the dentist. That said, another impact of smoking can hurt their odds of a successful corrective procedure. Smokers typically exhibit less blood flow around their gums, which while it reduces bleeding, can also dry out gum tissue. This means it is less accepting of dental procedures, and can take considerably longer to heal properly.

On top of this, the drier mouths of smokers are more prone to the build up of tartar and other bacterial elements. Our saliva is more than just lubrication for our mouths – it serves to actively fight infections and neutralises acids from our foods that can break down tooth enamel.

Overall, quitting smoking is more than just an investment in your heart and lungs – it can improve the state of your gums and teeth, in more than just the aesthetic sense.

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Facts about Gum Disease and Bleeding Gums Treatments

admin 1 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

At some point in their past, nearly all of us have had to content with swollen or bleeding gums, and have had to consider a treatment. Changes to our bodies and to our diets can all breed some bad behaviour from our gums, and getting to the root of the cause of such problems is our job as periodontists.

But while we can solve nearly any issue arising among our patients, there is nevertheless a good deal of misinformation surrounding our topic. So let’s clear up some common misconceptions.

Bloody gums are unhealthy

Bloody gums, regardless of the cause, are not healthy gums, and the sooner that you diagnose and treat the underlying cause, the easier a time you will have sorting out the problem.

Receding Gums cannot be reversed

Receding gums will not retrace their steps, at least, not naturally. This is one reason that early treatment is necessary in cases such as these – there is no time to waste to prevent this issue from continuing.

Bad Breath is a sign of a poor oral health

Almost universally, bad breath – unless stemming from something that someone has recently eaten – stems from an issue with one’s oral health. Causes can vary, from a lack of flossing to gingivitis, but quality of breath is typically a good litmus test for the overall health of one’s gums.

At National Periodontics, we can manage everything from bleeding gums treatments, to oral health checks, to diagnostics with the most modern and effective treatments out there. Contact us today to find out more.

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Dental Teeth Implants and Titanium

admin 1 - Friday, June 02, 2017

As we have noted, the world of dental implants is not a new one. Humans have been filling gaps in their pearly whites with a variety of objects for several millennia, with varying degrees of success.

The issue with these attempts has always been encouraging one's jawbone to actually 'knit' to the implant. Without doing so, the socket merely supports the implant – it doesn't become affixed to the jaw bone, and won't function as well as its neighbours. It was only quite recently that this issue was finally resolved, and it was due to the properties of the 22nd element, titanium.

Titanium was first noted in 1791. It has been subsequently found to exist in a variety of environments, and has been refined and used in a wide variety of applications. Titanium is strong, lightweight, and resistant to many forms of corrosion – including seawater.

However, it also possesses another unique property. Titanium is the most biocompatible of metals; it can operate quite happily within a human body. Oddly enough, existing here not particularly easy. Many metals will corrode, or otherwise break down. Titanium, however, is coated naturally with an oxide when in the presence of oxygen, which is impermeable and protects the metal from the ravages of the body. It also means they are capable of osseointegration, the process whereby bone will knit to it, as if it were a fellow bone.

Now, titanium implants are employed from head to toe, for everything from bone fractures to ear implants, and of course, dental teeth implants. The unique properties of this metal has revolutionised the way we treat a huge variety of ailments, and have encouraged the adoption of a dental implant that functions as well as its predecessor did.

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Dental and Teeth Implants for Adelaide and the Modern Diet

National Periodontics - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

At National Periodontics, dental and teeth implants, in Adelaide and around the country, are one of our most common procedures. They are brought to bear on mouths of all ages, replacing teeth that have decayed beyond repair, or have been knocked out accidentally.

But our current state of affairs is unprecedented. Fossil records have indicated that our teeth have never been in a worse state than recent years. Our prior diets, as hunter/gatherers and in the early days of the agricultural revolution, did not possess the same degree of oral destructiveness as that of today. That has come down to one key element: our taste for sugar.

Sugar has become an additive in nearly every facet of our diet. There are some key reasons for it becoming an additive for so many different food groups. One, the 19th century advent of corn syrup replacing sugar cane made it particularly cheap. And secondly, sugar is somewhat addictive to its consumers. Apart from the impacts upon dental health, this addiction to sugar has spiked our rates of obesity, and diabetes, among both young and old.

Dental implants in Adelaide have spiked appreciably as this trend on our teeth has taken hold. The onslaught of sugar has required us to be extra vigilant with our tooth brushing and flossing, as our mouths were not meant to process this much sugar. While we at National Periodontics can provide you with treatment, we need to also consider methods of sustaining ourselves that limits our current consumption of this destructive additive, as its ill health effects are numerous.

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The World’s Oldest Dental Implant

National Periodontics - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A good method of providing dental implants is not a new necessity for human society. Throughout our history, we have had to battle the loss of our teeth to decay or accident. This has bred some real ingenuity, and tooth replacement solutions have included some interesting examples.

These have included the use of such materials as wood, shells, and stones, but one of the more interesting varieties was discovered in a mouth of a woman who died nearly fifteen thousand years ago. Her remains were found mummified, in an ornate tomb in northern Italy. She was a woman of some standing in the community, as evidenced by the accompanying trinkets and metal ornaments. Such resources no doubt came in handy when she developed a cavity; its replacement proved to be among the more rare examples we have found so far.

The cavity hole had been enlarged, likely by small stone tools, and the void had been filled by a bitumen mix. This liquid form of asphalt is found naturally, but is nowadays more often developed as a material used in road surface repairs. It’s sticky and malleable nature meant it was an ideal solution for this particular dental issue, although it is the only example so far found.

It remains to be seen whether this particular solution will come back in to style in the future. For now, we can be happy that modern methods of providing dental implants are as pain-free, and long-lasting, as they have evolved to be.

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